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Stereo Bus Compressor Module

X-Rack Stereo Bus Compressor Module

The centre section compressor from the 1980's G-Series analogue console is an audio production legend. It is a simple unit with a simple purpose; it makes complete mixes sound bigger, with more power, punch and drive. It brings cohesion and strength to your mix without compromising clarity. The Stereo Bus Compressor Module brings this classic 'audio glue' to you with spectacular SuperAnalogue audio performance.

Key Features:

  • Classic sonic character and mix finalising capabilities of SSL Stereo Bus Compression
  • True Stereo side-chain input for external signal keying
  • Link control enables several modules to be combined for surround compression
  • Gain reduction meter as fitted to the classic SSL console range
  • Electronically balanced XLR connections

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SuperAnalogueTM EQ Module

X-Rack Channel EQ Module

Classic SSL four-band parametric EQ that is a superb all round frequency adjustment tool kit. Whether you need pinpoint accuracy for surgical problem solving, smoother broader sound shaping or a little more aggressive character the SSL EQ will give you what you need. This is a fully featured EQ with high- and low-bands switchable between shelving or fixed Q bell curves and two mid-bands each with variable Q control.

Key Features:

  • Direct copy of the XL 9000 K Equaliser as used on Duality & AWS 900+ consoles
  • E and G characteristic switching
  • High and low-bands switchable between shelving and fixed Q bell curves
  • Switchable between SSL E and G series console channel EQ characteristics
  • EQ IN switch for A/B comparison
  • Rear panel connections on balanced XLR
  • TotalRecallTM status LEDs

A little SSL EQ history

Prior to 1987 SSL used the colour of the Low Frequency EQ knob caps to indicate which type of EQ was fitted. All consoles were custom built and could feature different combinations of EQ module. The following colour codes apply:

E Series BROWN: The original SSL EQ fitted to all consoles prior to the summer of 1985. Despite the rumours these equalisers only came in one version. The EQ card was called the '02'.

E Series ORANGE: The infamous EQP equaliser. This was a variation on the Brown EQ with controls simulating the curves of a valve type EQ. Very few were sold. This card was named the '132'.

E Series BLACK: The last version of the standard E series EQ. It evolved in the early 1980's from discussions with many top engineers and proved very popular. The EQ card was called the '242'.

G Series: With the arrival of the G Series console in 1987 the colour coding was abandoned and the classic SSL end cap colour scheme used today was adopted. First introduced in 1987 the original G Series EQ introduced Q characteristics which were proportional to gain settings and had a degree of over shoot when boosting and under shoot when cutting.

The current generation of SuperAnalogueTM console EQ (featured on Duality, AWS & the mono X-Rack EQ Module) are switchable between EQ characteristics that offer either the E Series 'Black' EQ or the G Series EQ.

The X-Rack Stereo EQ Module is the first product to introduce 'Selective Mode' E & G curve selection, enabling independent switching between E Series 'Black' & G Series EQ curves for the high/low bands and the two mid bands to create a uniquely versatile EQ design.

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SuperAnalogueTM Dynamics Module

X-Rack Dynamics Module

Designed to be the perfect level control tool kit for recording, the Dynamics Module is densely packed with control features yet simple to use. The combination of separate Compressor and Gate/Expander section is powerful, graceful and ideal for gentle and unobtrusive level control.

Key Features:

  • Fully balanced XLR input and output
  • Switched -10dB/+4dB operating level
  • Dedicated compression meter display
  • Over-easy RMS compressor, switchable to peak sensing hard knee
  • Variable Ratio, Threshold and Release
  • External key operation
  • Independently switched Gate/Expander section
  • Link facility for multiple module linking

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E-Series EQ Module

X-Rack E-Series EQ Module

The new E-Series EQ Module is one of two new modules for the X-Rack/Mynx SuperAnalogue modular mixing and processing system. The new E-Series Modules reproduce the legendary sonic signature of an early 80's classic, the SL 4000 E console channel strip, which was featured on countless 1980's recordings.

The E-Series EQ Module features two different EQ's found on editions of the console produced between 1979 and 1987. Each EQ has unique response curves and tonal character. They are distinguished by the colors used on the LF knob caps so the two flavors have become known as the 'Brown' and 'Black' EQ's. On the E Series EQ Module you can switch between these two different flavors of EQ that have been loved by generations of professional producers.

Key Features:

  • Immortal SSL 4000 E Series circuitry
  • "Black-242" and "Brown-02" twin EQ design
  • Bell curve option on HF and LF
  • Fully parametric LMF and HMF with Q
  • Based on classic 611E console channel strip

The 'Brown' EQ, featured on the discontinued SSL E-Signature Channel Strip, is now uniquely available on the E Series EQ Module.

A little SSL EQ history

Prior to 1987 SSL used the colour of the Low Frequency EQ knob caps to indicate which type of EQ was fitted. All consoles were custom built and could feature different combinations of EQ module. The following colour codes apply:

E Series BROWN: The original SSL EQ fitted to all consoles prior to the summer of 1985. Despite the rumours these equalisers only came in one version. The EQ card was called the '02'.

E Series ORANGE: The infamous EQP equaliser. This was a variation on the Brown EQ with controls simulating the curves of a valve type EQ. Very few were sold. This card was named the '132'.

E Series BLACK: The last version of the standard E series EQ. It evolved in the early 1980s from discussions with many top engineers and proved very popular. The EQ card was called the '242'.

G Series: With the arrival of the G Series console in 1987 the colour coding was abandoned and the classic SSL end cap colour scheme used today was adopted. First introduced in 1987 the original G Series EQ introduced Q characteristics which were proportional to gain settings and had a degree of over shoot when boosting and under shoot when cutting.

The current generation of SuperAnalogue console EQ (featured on Duality, AWS 900 + SE & the X-Rack EQ module) are switchable between EQ characteristics that offer either the E Series 'Black' EQ or the G Series EQ.

E-Series Dynamics Module

X-Rack E-Series Dynamics Module

The E-Series Dynamics Module is one of two new modules for the X-Rack/Mynx SuperAnalogueTM modular mixing and processing system. The new E-Series Modules reproduce the legendary sonic signature of an early 80's classic, the SL 4000 E console channel strip, which was featured on countless 1980's recordings.

The E-Series Dynamics Module features a compressor/limiter and an expander/gate, both of which return faithfully to the circuitry and key components which define the sound of the original SL 611E Series channel strip. A true RMS converter is used in the side chain while the gain element is an all discrete design identical to the Class A VCA chip used in the original unit. The compressor contains additional switching options to defeat the over-easy curve and to use a linear release instead of the more usual logarithmic curve. The result is a compressor with three distinct voices, each with its own musical character.

Key Features:

  • Immortal SSL 4000 Series circuitry
  • Class A VCA replication
  • Expander/Gate with Key input
  • Based on classic 611E console channel strip
Stereo SuperAnalogueTM EQ Module

X-Rack Stereo EQ Module

The X-Rack Stereo EQ Module is a stereo version of SSL's console Channel EQ. It is a classic SSL four-band parametric EQ that is a superb all round frequency adjustment tool kit. Whether you need pinpoint accuracy for surgical problem solving, smoother broader sound shaping, or a little more aggressive character the SSL channel EQ will give you what you need. This is a fully featured EQ with high- and low-bands switchable between shelving or fixed Q bell curves and two mid-bands each with variable Q control. This stereo version also has a 'Selective Mode' switch which enables independent switching of high & low bands and mid bands between SSL's E & G series console EQ characteristics to provide an even more versatile EQ design.

Key Features:

  • Stereo version of the XL 9000 K Channel Equaliser as used on Duality & AWS consoles
  • 'Selective Mode' E and G characteristic switching, which enables independent switching of high & low bands and mid bands between E or G curves
  • High and low-bands switchable between shelving and fixed Q Bell curves
  • EQ IN switch for A/B comparison
  • Rear panel connections on balanced TRS Jack
  • TotalRecallTM status LEDs

A little SSL EQ history

Prior to 1987 SSL used the colour of the Low Frequency EQ knob caps to indicate which type of EQ was fitted. All consoles were custom built and could feature different combinations of EQ module. The following colour codes apply:

E Series BROWN: The original SSL EQ fitted to all consoles prior to the summer of 1985. Despite the rumours these equalisers only came in one version. The EQ card was called the '02'.

E Series ORANGE: The infamous EQP equaliser. This was a variation on the Brown EQ with controls simulating the curves of a valve type EQ. Very few were sold. This card was named the '132'.

E Series BLACK: The last version of the standard E series EQ. It evolved in the early 1980's from discussions with many top engineers and proved very popular. The EQ card was called the '242'.

G Series: With the arrival of the G Series console in 1987 the colour coding was abandoned and the classic SSL end cap colour scheme used today was adopted. First introduced in 1987 the original G Series EQ introduced Q characteristics which were proportional to gain settings and had a degree of over shoot when boosting and under shoot when cutting.

The current generation of SuperAnalogueTM console EQ (featured on Duality, AWS & the mono X-Rack EQ Module) are switchable between EQ characteristics that offer either the E Series 'Black' EQ or the G Series EQ.

The X-Rack Stereo EQ Module is the first product to introduce 'Selective Mode' E & G curve selection, enabling independent switching between E Series 'Black' & G Series EQ curves for the high/low bands and the two mid bands to create a uniquely versatile EQ design.

Stereo SuperAnalogueTM Dynamics Module

X-Rack Stereo Dynamics Module

The X-Rack Stereo Dynamics module is a Stereo version of the powerful SSL channel dynamics. Featuring independent Compressor/ Limiter and Expander/Gate circuits, the Stereo Dynamics module provides the familiar SSL Superanalogue level control tools for both Recording and Mixing applications. The Compressor section can switch between a gentle Over easy RMS compression and a more aggressive Peak sensing or Hard Knee mode providing a wide range of levelling control. The secondary circuit can function as either a Noise Gate or an Expander further enhancing the creative sound sculpting possibilities. The feature set is completed by an External Key Input (mono) and the ability for multiple adjacent units to be linked.

Key Features:

  • +4dBu Operating Level
  • Balanced Stereo Line 1/4"Jack Input and Output
  • RMS or Peak Sense Stereo Compressor/Limiter
  • Dedicated Gain Reduction Metering
  • Independently switched Gate/Expander
  • External Key Input 1/4" Jack
  • Link function for multiple modules
VHD Input Module

X-Rack VHD Input Module

Combines the uniquely versatile VHD Pre with the classic SSL Listen Mic Compressor.

The VHD Pre is a patented SSL preamp design that can deliver ultra-clean SSL grade recordings but also features the VHD circuit which can be switched into the signal path. The Variable Harmonic Drive circuit uses a 100% analogue signal path to generate rich harmonic distortion. As you increase the input gain, the Variable Harmonic Drive circuit introduces either 2nd or 3rd harmonic distortion or a blend of the two to your source material. At lower gain settings it adds gentle valve-style warmth or a touch of transistor edge. As the gain is increased the more extreme the distortion becomes until at high gain settings it delivers fierce trashy transistoresque grunge. VHD pre's give the user ultimate versatility from a studio grade preamp. Whether it's ultra-clean traditional SSL, subtle warming or totally trashy transistor distortion, VHD will change your expectations of what a preamplifier should deliver.

The SSL Listen Mic Compressor is a studio classic. This famous processor from the legendary SL4000E console was the secret weapon in many producers sonic arsenal of recording techniques. Originally designed to prevent overloading the return feed from a studio communications mic, its fixed attack and release curves were eminently suitable for use on ambient drum mics.

Key Features:

  • Electronically balanced ultra-high bandwidth Mic input with +20dB to +70dB gain control
  • Hi-Z and Pad Switches on Mic Amp Input
  • Dedicated Additional XLR Line Input
  • Variable Harmonic Drive circuit adds a controllable blend of 2nd or 3rd Harmonic distortion
  • Dedicated Trim control after the VHD stage
  • Classic Listen Mic Compressor with fixed attack and release curves... ideal for drums
  • High and Low-Pass Filters

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Mic Amp Module

X-Rack Mic Amp Module

Angelically pure and versatile input section with a choice of three separate input amplifiers; Mic amp, front panel Instrument input or Line input. Designed for transparency and versatility with a set of High and Low Pass Filters, phase reverse and everything you need from a very classy workhorse.

Key Features:

  • Electronically balanced ultra high bandwidth input with -5dB to +75dB gain control & Pad switch
  • Continuously Variable input impedance control (1.2kOhm to 10kOhm) can accommodate signals from instruments or be adjusted to suit a wide range of microphones
  • Phase Reverse & Phantom Power
  • Dedicated Additional XLR Line Input
  • Front panel instrument input with ground lift switch
  • Independently switched 12dB/Octave HF (Low-Pass) Filter
  • Independently switched 18dB/Octave LF (High-Pass) Filter
  • Independent routing to L & R Record bus

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Four Channel Input Module

X-Rack Four Channel Input Module

The perfect alternative to the Eight Input module provides four inputs each with features suited to the tracking process or combining line level sources into a final mix. Each input features, Pan & Level controls, Solo, Insert connection and routing to either the Record or Main Stereo Bus.

Key Features:

  • The line input module for tracking
  • Four line level inputs with independent Pan and Level controls
  • Route to master bus or record bus
  • Insert points on each channel

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Eight Channel Input Module

X-Rack Eight Channel Input Module

The essential module for creating a SuperAnalogueTM summing mixer, this module is designed for situations where the aim is high channel counts, particularly bringing large numbers of audio channels out of a DAW and onto an analogue mix bus to assure the depth and space that only summing outside of the box in the analogue domain can achieve.

Key Features:

  • Eight line level inputs configured as four stereo pairs
  • Mono/stereo switching for each stereo pair
  • Additional insert points for inputs 1&2 and 3&4
  • Independent On/Off switches for each stereo pair

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Master Bus Module

X-Rack Master Bus Module

The vital component that turns X-Rack from a processing solution into a mixer. The Master Bus Module provides a signal path to the two X-Rack stereo buses for all of the other modules and offers the user a compact console master section that is surprisingly sophisticated for its size.

Key Features:

  • Controls the X-Rack's two internal stereo busses
  • Two pairs of speaker outputs with dedicated controls for level, dim and cut
  • Master Level control & Metering
  • Master Insert & additional 'Insert Sum' feature
  • Monitor Output Level control
  • Master section external MIDI control
  • Monitor Output AFL Solo
  • Monitor Output Routing
  • Dedicated Monitor Dim & Cut switching
  • Headphone Output Section

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